I was bought this as a birthday gift by my mother a couple of years ago. I originally wanted an iPod but found out that my desktop computer at the time was not compatible with the apple software needed to run iTunes. We decided to buy this mp3 instead, and I was not disappointed. It was about £80 at the time, so way cheaper than buying an iPod, and it can be bought cheaper now for about £20 as an average.
The mp3 comes with an instruction booklet with the instructions in other languages included, an installation CD, a USB lead which doubles up as a charger, and a pair of Phillips headphones. It came in one of those plastic boxes that you have to use scissors to cut open and it was packaged neatly with everything intact. It's memory is 4GB, enough to store 1000 songs, which is more than enough for me as I tend to delete songs that I don't like anyway. It supports the following formats; MP3, WAV and WMA.
The interface is very easy to use, and navigation is easy using the circle pad with pause, play, rewind and fast forward, plus 'up' and 'down'. There is a 'back' button which allows you to go back a step and buttons on the top to change the volume and a 'playlist on the go' option which allows you to add songs onto a playlist on the go. The bottom of the mp3 has a lock button so it does not switch on in your bag and it also has a reset button but you have to use a needle to press this as it is encased so that it is not pressed accidentally when in your pocket or bag.
The mp3 itself has storage options including songs, videos, pictures, and a voice recorder in which you can store your recordings. There is also the ability to listen to the radio, and use the settings. The mp3 has bright clear graphics which is a plus. The battery life is not very good, as it only lasts about 3 and a half hours if you were to use it all day non-stop, and charging it is rather annoying as you have to charge it through the USB and this means having to switch your computer/laptop on every time. I will in future be buying a USB plug connector so that I can charge it through the plug socket on the wall as this is very irritating.
The picture storage is a good thing but you cannot view pictures at the same time as listening to music, the music stops when you enter pictures, however resolution and quality is good.
I do not use the video option, this is purely a personal choice as I don't really have any videos I would want to watch on the go.
The voice recording option is fun if you like to hear what you sound like singing, and sometimes my mother has borrowed it to record stuff, but otherwise it's not really needed, and is more of a joke application.
The radio option is good but sometimes will go fuzzy depending where you are, and you have to tune it yourself and remember the number of the radio station you want to use.
There is an option on the menu that allows you to change settings but that's not really anything important.
The 'playlist on the go' option is rather useless, and is annoying when you accidentally click the button for it, as it is right next to the volume buttons.
I have found that the volume does not go very loud, which can be annoying when you're on the motorway or on an aero plane and it won't go louder, and you have to make it louder if you're in a busy place like a shop or high street.
Other than that, it is a good little MP3 and after about 5 years of having it, it still has not broken, and it has been through so much; dropping on floors, in cups of tea, etc... It will occasionally freeze but this is easily fixed by pressing the reset button with a needle, although this is not possible when out and about. The storage amount is good, and sound quality is too. Installation of the CD was easy and quick and instructions clear and concise. The headphones broke after a while, but most headphones that come with a product do break anyway. A good little gadget that's lasted me a long time! Simple and easy to use, does have a couple of bad points but otherwise, I will not be replacing with a iPod until it breaks!
This I picked up second-hand AFTER my Zen died on me. And so far, it hasn't disappointed me. It's really simple to use this, just install the software and plug it in. Also, you don't need the software to transfer music onto it, it can all be done through Windows Media player, cutting down a task for those not-so computer literate. With a mini USB plug, which are used on the majority of products nowadays, it's also easy to connect should you lose the cable provided.
One sticking point for me is the capacity. When I got it, it appeared to be enough for me, but as I'm adding more videos and less music, it seems that soon I'll be needing to upgrade to either the 8GB model or buy out of Philips, even though if I do that I'll be disappointed, as I'm used to the interface now.
There are still a few problems with the GoGear, apart from the low memory. Another is the interface, which uses as few buttons as possible, but makes it difficult to use when you first get it. Another is the amount of time to convert a file and get it on the player, I'd estimate to convert and copy three 45 minute videos it takes anywhere from 4-6 hours, and I don't always have the time to sit and do that! Battery life is another stickler, as it doesn't seem as good as it should be.
All-in-all, this is a good low-entry MP3 player, perfect for commuting, but not good for those of us with big music and video libraries.